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    ever since

    Could you please help me out with the position of "ever since" in a sentence?

    I have this example, but I can't find the way to correct it.

    "Ever since people have made use of different kinds of drugs or substances which -it is presumed- help to perform everyday life activities with more energy and more effectively. We can think about the Egyptians in the very early ages or also later the Greeks in the centuries soon before Christís birth and people living on the heights of central America in the 16th century. Nowadays people continue to use drugs and furthermore there is a fact that is worth to be underlined: this habit has been extended to young people and year by year the number of youths experimenting drugs increases, with ever more dangerous effects on their health and social behaviour."

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    Re: ever since

    What does ever since refer to? Ever since when or what? I think always would fit better. I think the writer is trying to drop a lot of phrases into the writing to try to get marks, but hasn't mastered some of them, like worth to be underlined.

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    Re: ever since

    There is a pretty big leap between "drugs that help you do things more effectively" (like what, I wonder - caffeine?) to the so-called recreational drugs like heroin. I don't think there's anything you're better at when on heroin.

    Is this a very long way of saying "People have been taking performance-enhancing drugs for millennia, and now they take them for recreational purposes too"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: ever since

    I am not a teacher.

    If I were to discover that this was written by a Frenchman I wouldn't be at all surprised.

    For example, everyday life activities, worth to be underlined and youths experimenting drugs are all word for word translations of French turns of phrase.

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